Things to Do: January 14-20, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of January 14-20, 2019:

  • Presentation: Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail – January 14
  • Presentation: Candidates for Large-Scale Energy Storage – January 15
  • Communty Concerts presents Vox Fortura – January 15
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Vancouver Giants – January 16
  • Lecture: On the Road: How and Why We Travel – January 17
  • Rodney Carrington Live – January 17
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Seattle Thunderbirds – January 18
  • Tri-Cities Sportsman Show – January 18-20
  • Richland Players: Butterflies are Free – January 18-20
  • Tri-Cities Polar Plunge – January 19
  • Third Annual Women’s March Tri-Cities – January 19
  • 3 Rivers Folklife Society: Brian Maskew In Concert – January 19
  • Kennewick Community Education – Winter & Spring Classes
  • Parks & Recreation Department Winter & Spring Programs
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Presentation: Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail – January 14

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

The Pacific Crest Trail draws thousands of hikers each year from around the world to hike all or much of the iconic trail between Mexico and Canada. Steve Ghan, a Richland resident, spent three months in 2018 walking 1500 miles of the PCT from Dunsmuir California to Mexico.

In this presentation Steve will dig deeper to give you a more visceral sense of what it was like to walk 15-25 miles per day for three months, with and often without human contact, through stunningly beautiful but physically challenging terrain. He’ll also explain why he did this, and introduce you to some of the remarkable people he met along the way and had the privilege to become friends with.
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Presentation: Candidates for Large-Scale Energy Storage – January 15

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to attend

Wei Wang, a chief scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will talk about new battery technology that could be used to store energy from solar and wind farms.

Redox flow batteries (RFBs) are prominent candidates for large-scale energy storage because they offer high safety, decoupling of power and energy, long life span, quick response, and potentially low cost.

This talk will introduce this unique energy storage technology to the Tri-Cities community, and provide an overview on its working mechanism, development history, major components, and the various chemistries used. The talk will also cover new redox flow technologies developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Communty Concerts presents Vox Fortura – January 15

Faith Assembly Auditorium, 1800 Road 72 in Pasco
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Individual concert tickets will be available at the door when space is available for Adults ($25) and Students ($10).

Communty Concerts of the Tri-Cities presents Vox Fortura –

This newest Crossover Classical Group, from the United Kingdom, provides a powerhouse display of vocal panache and sheer class With backgrounds in musical theatre, they perform almost any genre of music in their iconic crossover style including selections by Elgar and Bizet’s Pearl Fishers to David bowie, John Legend, and Ed Sheeran. Bringing classical vocals back into the mainstream, this quartet is a pop-ops sensation.
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Tri-City Americans vs. Vancouver Giants – January 16

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: Front Row: $30, Adult $24, Senior $20, Teen $12, Youth $10

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Vancouver Giants.
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Lecture: On the Road: How and Why We Travel – January 17

Mid-Columbia Libraries, 1620 S Union St. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

On the Road: How and Why We Travel – A presentation by Harriet Baskas

Come on a journey with the presenter, Harriet Baskas to explore the history of travel and transportation in our state, from Ezra Meeker, who crossed the Oregon Trail and the country by wagon, railroad, automobile and airplane, to paved road promoter Sam Hill, our state’s flying car inventor and, of course, aviation milestones contributed by Boeing and other companies.

Rodney Carrington Live – January 17

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $44-$132 plus fees

Rodney Carrington will perform LIVE at the Toyota Center on January 17th!

Rodney Carrington is a multi talented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over 3 million copies. Rodney starred in his own TV sitcom Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC. He co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film Beer for My Horses.

According to Pollstar, Rodney has been one of the top ten highest grossing touring comedians for the last ten years and among the top 5 the last several years. Rodney is on track to be in the top 5 again this year. He regularly performs to sold out crowds across the US and Canada. His latest Netflix special “Here Comes The Truth” is available now.

About Rodney Carrington:
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Tri-City Americans vs. Seattle Thunderbirds – January 18

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: Front Row: $30, Adult $24, Senior $20, Teen $12, Youth $10

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
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Tri-Cities Sportsman Show – January 18-20

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Friday: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admissions: One time daily admission gets you in all three days for one low price!
General Admission: Adults: $9.99 (plus a $1.01 TRAC service fee), Children 6-12: $5.00, Children Under 6: FREE

Special Admissions: Friday – Seniors 60+: $5.00, Sunday – Kids’ Day: $1.00 off admission for children ages 6-12, Military: Show your military ID and receive $1.00 off admission

Join us for the northwest’s first sportsmen show of the season.

For outdoor men, women, and children from throughout the region, the TRAC will be filled with the latest in outdoor equipment, a trophy antler collection from the northwest, kid’s fishing pond, free air rifle range, free hourly hunting and fishing seminars, retriever demonstrations, and more!

This year’s show returns with the Indoor 3-D Archery Shoot, which has proved very popular and will again be set up and sponsored by Colyak Bowhunters. Back by popular demand will be the Outdoor Cooking Camp hosted by Harrod Outdoors. Exhibitors include retail merchants, factory reps, outdoor clubs and organizations, taxidermists, wildlife art, fishing boats, and fishing and hunting guides who will be available to help you plan your vacations. Door prizes will be given away hourly and the first 150-200 people through the door each day will also receive a bonus prize.

Richland Players: Butterflies are Free – January 18-20

Richland Players Theatre, 608 The Pkwy in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Adult: $15.00, Student: $12.00, Military: $12.00, Seniors (over 65): $12.00
Fees: $2 per ticket online (no fee through the Box Office)

Comedy by Leonard Gershe, Directed by Tamara Pomponio, Co-Production Managers Albania Schneegans & Alicia Briones

About the Show:
Young Don Baker, hero of his mother’s children’s book series, “Donny Dark” has been blind since birth, his overprotective mother following his every move. Don finally decides to take his own apartment in Manhattan and pursue his songwriting ambitions. When she meets his kooky neighbor, sexy actress Jill, Mrs. Baker’s controlling instincts go into overdrive with hilariously touching results. Recommended for age 14 and older.

Future show dates: January 25 & 26 @ 8 p.m. and January 27 @ 2 p.m.
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Tri-Cities Polar Plunge – January 19

Columbia Point Marina Park in Richland
Registration Opens at 9:00 a.m.
Plunge starts at 12:00 p.m.

On January 19, 2019 folks will jump in the icy water of the Columbia River for the Tri-Cities Polar Plunge to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Washington!

Be a part of THE event of winter and join us for Polar Plunge Tri-Cities. Take your support of Special Olympics Washington to new depths by signing up for one of the coolest events of the year. Whether you’re looking to dip your toes or make a big splash in the Columbia River, you’ll be changing the lives of 18,000 athletes across the state.

Anyone can participate! (Under 18 requires parent or guardian signature.)
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Third Annual Women’s March Tri-Cities – January 19

John Dam Plaza, 815 George Washington Way in Richland
Event Schedule:
2:00 p.m. Gather!
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Rally!!
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: March!!!
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Resource Fair After-Party at Fuse SPC 723 in The Parkway
Free to participate

The mission of the Tri-Cities 3rd annual Women’s March is to foster the following:
– Personal Responsibility
– Commitment
– Vulnerability
– Connection
– Gratitude

Our hope is that you leave the March with local connections.

3 Rivers Folklife Society: Brian Maskew In Concert – January 19

Community Unitarian Universalist Church (CUUC), 2819 W Sylvester St. in Pasco
From 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $14 – available at Bookworm and Octopus Garden and at the door

Brian Maskew, a pub and shanty singer from Winthrop, Washington will share songs from his recently release album on Saturday, January 19. His latest CD “A Song Journey Around Ireland” features Brian’s favorite songs from various locales in the Emerald Isle which is his favored vacation destination.  Brian will be joined by and accompanied by Hank Cramer for this concert, which might also feature some Tri-Cities musician friends. If you love Celtic music and pub singing this is a concert not to be missed.
About Brian Maskew:

Kennewick Community Education – Winter & Spring Classes

Community Education is the perfect opportunity to try something new or rekindle your desire for learning. Class offerings include language, crafts, arts, health, gardening, travel, music, business, finance, technology, and more. We now offer more than 100 local classes and more than 300 online classes to make learning more accessible than ever before. The Winter & Spring course catalogue is now online.

Parks & Recreation Department Winter & Spring Programs

The Parks & Recreation Departments for Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland have published their Winter & Spring activity catalogs that you can view online.




Art Exhibits

Esvelt Gallery: Conservation of Mass Exhibit – through February 7

Esvelt Gallery @ Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – Noon
Saturday & Sunday: closed
Free admission and open to the public

This solo exhibition will feature the ceramic sculpture of Tybre Newcomer. His most recent sculptural work is Modernist in style, taking inspiration from the forms of traditional hand tools. Concerned with the idea of the endangered craftsman, Newcomer’s work is both a look to the past, while also exploring how craft is used today, in the present. The shows runs through February 7.

DrewBoy Creative: A Bite of Tri-Cities – through January 27
DBC Gallery at Confluent, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Wednesday & Thursday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
DrewBoy Creative presents an art show by Ayleen Wood. Come tour a large collection of art inspired by the many different cultures in the Tri-Cities.

Ayleen is inspired by, “Happiness and nature. You know that feeling you get when the sun finally sets at the end of a hard day at work or when you take the first bite of a delicious home cooked meal you worked on all evening? That’s the feeling I’m inspired by.”

Art & Music Festivals – Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Nightlife Music

For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: and

Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community
Looking for a place to try out a new song or just want to play and have no gig? The Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community provides a listing of Open Mics and Jam Nights in the greater Tri-Cities area.

Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out:

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit:

The Reach Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday – closed
Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (no new admissions after 4 p.m.)
Admission: $10 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free – annual memberships are also available for purchase

Museum exhibits at The REACH celebrate the natural, scientific and cultural history of the Tri-Cities area. You can find hands-on activities for families on Saturdays and other activities that take place each month. Check the REACH calendar. Also, space is available for club meetings and events for a nominal fee.
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Museums, Historical Societies, and History
For information about museums, historical societies, and history for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby towns & cities in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon, visit:

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online)

Showing this week:
– January 18: Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity at 7 p.m. and Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions at 8 p.m.
– January 19: Secret Lives of Stars at 2 p.m. and Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope at 3 p.m.

The Bechtel National Planetarium, located on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect.

A typical hour-long show includes a 20-30 minute live presentation and a 25-30 minute full-dome movie. Presentation topics may include solar system or constellation tours, what’s visible in the current night sky, and astronomy in the news.
Info & Tickets: and

LIGO Public Tours

127124 N Rt. 10 in Richland

Come take a look at LIGO! On the second Saturday of every month we offer free public drop in tours that will give you an excellent look at our facility. Tours usually last about two hours. Tours work best for participants of middle school age and up, but all ages are welcome.

First Walking Tour: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Auditorium Talk: 3:00 p.m.
Second Walking Tour: 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

For activities to do around the Tri-Cities region including Farmers’ Markets, Outdoor Recreation, Wineries, Breweries, Performing Arts & Music, Social Clubs & Groups and more, visit the Tri-Cities Washington Guide website:

This guide has been described as “An Under-the-Hood Guide to Community Culture including Clubs, Annual Events, and Awesome Organizations.”

Submit Your Community Event

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